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weekly prayer 03.19.18

Psalm 86:1-17 ESV 
 
1 Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. 
2 Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you–you are my God. 
3 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. 
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. 
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. 
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. 
7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. 
 
O Mighty God,
I need You! Thank You for Your near-ness. Thank You for being ever-present. Thank You for allowing me to cry out to You.
 
8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. 
9 All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. 
10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God. 
 
Lord, I pray for the day when this will be reality. There are so many places where Your Name is not worshiped, and where You are not known. Father, encourage Your servants who are ministering in hard places. Open the hearts of people to believe You, that You are God, their Savior.
 
11 Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. 
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. 
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol. 
 
 Your Word, O God . . .such a gift! By Your Word I can know You. I can know Your ways, know Your heart. You have delivered my soul from death; You have revived me, strengthened me, humbled me, corrected me . . ..according to Your Word.
 
14 O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them. 
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. 
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me; give your strength to your servant, and save the son of your maidservant. 
17 Show me a sign of your favor, that those who hate me may see and be put to shame because you, LORD, have helped me and comforted me.
 
Father, I need Your strength today. I need Your mercy. I need to keep my focus on You, and not on my opposition. I need to stay on the path You have set for me. I need to believe what You say about me. I need to trust You. You are my God. You are the One I love 
 
amen

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